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In brief: 'No contact' in child abuse case

A DUBLIN youth has been warned that he cannot have any contact with a child he is accused of abusing nearly three years ago.

The 17-year-old had been charged at the Dublin Children's Court last week with defilement of a child.

It is alleged that the teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, engaged in "a sexual act with a child under the age of 15", at a location in north Dublin, in July 2009.

Yesterday, Judge Bryan Smyth remanded the teenager to appear again next week.

Mystery as four rare rhinos die

Four rare white rhinoceroses have died in recent weeks at an Australian zoo after displaying mysterious neurological problems such as stumbling, officials said.

The Taronga Western Plains Zoo near the New South Wales state city of Dubbo said in a statement that it had begun a veterinary investigation to pinpoint the cause of the deaths and is working with rhino specialists in Africa and North America.

Flyers hit by faulty toilet

A 13-hour flight from San Francisco to Shanghai was diverted to Anchorage, Alaska, for two days over a problem with toilets.

Flight 857, and its 262 passengers, was stranded in Anchorage when several lavatories were found to be inoperable about three hours after the flight's 2pm Sunday departure from San Francisco, United spokesman Charles Hobart said.

Passengers finally took off yesterday afternoon on another Boeing 777.

Man indicted in rapper killing

A grand jury in Georgia has indicted a man authorities say fatally shot Atlanta rapper Slim Dunkin at a recording studio last year.

The Fulton County District Attorney's Office said in a statement that 29-year-old Vinson Hardimon, known as rapper Young Vito, was indicted yesterday on charges of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

A trial date has not been set.